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Unbelievable, unbelievable. This has been done by all the sentient beings. We have to realize this. Wow, wow, wow! Amazing, amazing, amazing! When we are born, our mother sacrifices her life for us and sometimes she has died for us. Can you imagine? Even though there are numberless buddhas and bodhisattvas helping sentient beings, now we totally have the responsibility to repay the kindness of sentient beings. We have to free them from the oceans of samsaric sufferings and bring them to the total cessation of all the obscurations and completion of all the realizations, buddhahood, the peerless happiness, by ourselves.

Now you have received a perfect human body that is almost impossible to find again and you have met Buddhadharma, even the basis, the four noble truths, a way to be free from samsara Wow, wow, wow! You have met the unmistaken teachings of the Buddha. Here you have met the Mahayana teachings that contain the method to achieve enlightenment and how to help sentient beings, and not only that, you have met the quick path to achieve enlightenment, the tantra teachings and Highest Yoga Tantra.

Through that you can achieve enlightenment in one brief lifetime of degenerate times, so you see, wow, wow, wow, wow, wow! Unbelievable, most unbelievable! Do you know how fortunate you are? It is most unbelievable, most unbelievable, how fortunate you are. Therefore you have all the responsibilities. Before I was just talking about you, but now there are numberless sentient beings on your shoulder, so you need to practice Dharma. It is so important, there is no question, it is the most important thing, every year, every month, every week, every day, every minute, every second, to actualize the path.

For that you need to purify the defilements collected from beginningless rebirths and collect extensive merits, the merit of wisdom and the merit of virtue, to achieve dharmakaya and rupakaya. To help actualize the path, that starts with guru devotion. Guru devotion is the root of the path of enlightenment; correctly following the virtuous friend, seeing the guru as the numberless buddhas or as one buddha. However many gurus you have—one thousand or one hundred or one—they are the numberless buddhas, and the numberless buddhas are all the gurus.

From that you can achieve all the rest of the path to enlightenment—the path of the lower capable being, the middle capable being and the higher capable being, the whole path to enlightenment—then you can help sentient beings in a greater and greater way, deeper and deeper. Thank you very much. Here I want to explain this to you, for you to spend more time practicing Dharma. I want to show you how important it is to practice Dharma. It is very important to do the six-session guru yoga. Among the sadhanas, doing that is the basis, it is very important to do.

Try to do the sadhanas at nighttime or daytime or anytime, rather than so much talking, gossiping and doing useless things. Actually, we have lots of time to do other things, our own enjoyments, so many things, but when it comes to practice we have no time or we are tired. It is like this for us—we have no time, then [our practice] is left or postponed until the very end [of the day], then at the very end we are tired, so we go to bed or sleep comes without control, without choice.

Anyway, you must try to do the six-session guru yoga. Try to do the sadhanas, but at least do the mantras. So, reciting this mantra is very precious. The Eight Verses you can do every day, as it is mentioned, but every day you are supposed to live your life according to the first stanza and the second stanza.

I have already given you the whole picture of the kindness of sentient beings, the different ways they are kind, so you are supposed to live your life according to the first and second stanzas of the Eight Verses.

They are my Lord. When you are at home, think like that about all the family and when you are at a restaurant think you are the servant, to serve all those people. I already explained their kindness. Wherever you are—at the beach, in the street, at the airport or the train station—where there are a lot of people, you can always think like that.

I am medicine, arura, that heals all the sickness, I am the earth, and so forth. May I be used by sentient beings, whatever happiness they want, Like the earth is used by sentient beings, Whatever happiness is useful for them, to be used by them. May I be used by sentient beings, whatever happiness they want, Whatever happiness is useful for them, to be used by them. May I be used by the sentient beings, like the wind, Whatever happiness is useful for them, to be used by them. May I be used by sentient beings, like the sky, Whatever happiness is useful for them, to be used by them.

As long as space remains, As long as transmigratory beings remain, Until then may I too remain To dispel the suffering of transmigratory beings. This is what His Holiness the Dalai Lama often uses when giving the wishing bodhisattva vows, so he then recites this. Whatever problem happens in your life, you can relate that to your practice, you can use those verses.

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That is the purpose of saying them each day. This is a very important practice to do each day. Also do the short Medicine Buddha practice.

This is for success, not only for sickness and healing but for all success, to achieve enlightenment for sentient beings and to bring all sentient beings to enlightenment. So it is for everything, it is very important. As I explained, do the morning motivation when you open your eyes, then for the rest of the day, whatever you are doing—eating, walking, sleeping, doing your job—if you are doing it with bodhicitta as much as possible, then it benefits others. That is extremely worthwhile.

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I want to tell you something, the commitments the guru gave are very important to do. Therefore, it is very important in this life to put effort as much as possible, so as not to have a negative effect in your future lives. Otherwise for hundreds and thousands of future lives there is an effect and it gets worse and worse. This life is very short.

Generally, as you know, life is very short, death can happen this year, next year, next day, next week, today or tomorrow, not sure. The only thing that benefits us, that we can enjoy for all our lives up to enlightenment, is Dharma. That is all we can enjoy at the death time. So practicing Dharma in this life is the only thing that can help us. A student wrote that she had stopped her commitment after taking an initiation but was going to do the retreat.

She asked if she should take initiation again before the retreat. She was also finding it hard to complete a tsa-tsa commitment and asked if the number could be reduced. My most dear, most kind, most precious, wish-fulfilling one, Thank you for your email and sorry for the many eons of delay. In regards to your question about Guhyasamaja, yes, to receive the initiation again is best. You can do the retreat without taking the initiation again, but if you receive it again that is best.

You can reduce the number of tsa-tsas. Cut the number down by half, from what I told you before.

This is so other people can enjoy them and use them for prostrations, offerings and to collect a lot of merit. This is my advice. Please make your life most meaningful with the thought of bodhicitta, day and night and in everything that you do. She advised that she had restarted her commitments and could also now read the lam-rim in Tibetan. My very dear one, Thank you very much for your kind letter. How is your daughter? It is very important since you made your daughter—of course her mind came from past lives, but you and your husband gave her this body —so your responsibility to her is to help her become a good human being.

I am sure she is, but I am just emphasizing this.

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Help her to have a Dharma education as much as possible, slowly, slowly give her a Dharma education; this is very, very important. The more she learns Dharma, then the more she will practice. Learning Dharma awakens in her what is right and brings happiness to oneself and to numberless sentient beings, and what is wrong and brings harm to oneself and to numberless sentient beings. In this way she will practice creating the cause of enlightenment, ultimate happiness, liberation from samsara and full enlightenment.

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This is so important. Then as much as possible, create good karma. This can be done just by even one circumambulation of a holy object—a statue, stupa or scripture, whatever—to help her create as much virtue as possible. From one good karma she will experience happiness for lifetimes and so on.

So, for example, the result of killing one insect is that we will receive harm for or 1, lifetimes. Then the opposite to that, giving up that, abandoning that act of killing, from just one karma we create so much good karma and if the action is done with bodhicitta then that action becomes the cause of enlightenment. If the action is done with renunciation, then it becomes the cause of ultimate happiness and if that one action is done by meditating on emptiness then it becomes the antidote to the rest of samsara, the antidote to ignorance and samsara.


This is just an example. So from this we can apply it to other virtuous actions and especially understanding the incredible important of our motivation when doing any action. Thank you for the paintings that you mentioned you have done and plan to do, thank you very much.

I hope to see you very soon. Please live your life with bodhicitta. This is very important, this is the most important thing in your daily life.